Live Now Die Later: A Book for the Sensitive Mind and Rugged Individualist
The sensitive mind and the rugged individualist are portrayed in the literature of antiquity by two brothers, the first-born and the second-born. The mind is the father of two sons. One side of us is conservative, cautious; the other side is radical and adventurous. A part of us is content with the status quo; another part of us seeks change and improvement.
The mind perceives first with the outer five senses: sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell. Those perceptions are recorded and processed for future use, and thus the mind has five inner senses, the second-born son.
In the Old and New Testaments this concept is expressed through several pairs of brothers. Cain and Abel, Ishmael and Isaac, Esau and Jacob, Joseph and Benjamin, Aaron and Moses, John and Jesus are all characters created to illustrate the mind's journey.
The eastern Mediterranean became a marketplace for the exchange of ideas that had their provenance not just in Athens or Alexandria, but made their way westward from India and China well over 2,000 years ago. The lunar calendar and the appearance of the full moon was not just vital to agriculture in Mesopotamia; it spawned metaphors that illustrated the mind at its brightest. Abraham, for example, Hebrew for "father is high," was a moon god who symbolized the full moon, i. e., the moon straight up or high. "Father" is high because the mind is the father of two sons.
Obviously, many concepts evolved independently, but migration and commerce exported and imported more than just figs and wine. Adam and Eve, the male and female of Genesis, are reflected in the yang and the yin of Taoism in ancient China. Elizabeth, Mary and Jesus are a variation of Demeter, Persephone and Dionysus.
Thinkers over the ages have struggled to come to terms with the rough and tumble of daily life. Some have even suggested that life begins in some faraway place after death. Others have tried to find the way to live now and die later.
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13 In the same way that every mind has the two sides of thought and the feeling that conveys that thought into words or action , the mind has a conservative and a radical side . One part of us is content with the status quo ; the other ...
Yet that side of us that finds security in what we have always had or always done , seeks to remove the threat that our desire for something new and different presents . We are afraid to change , to grow , to improve , to add to or give ...
Therefore is the name of it called Babel , because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth.35 Babel means " gate of the god " and was the portal toward that side of the city where the temple faced the rising sun in ...
58 Such a mind is enslaved to or bound by what it sees at first hand , and it must be put into the background in order to free the creative side of us . Wherefore she said unto Abraham , Cast out this bondwoman and her son ; for the son ...
It was there that Abram dwelt on his journey from Ur of the Chaldees to the land of Canaan.81 Jacob , or the creative side of us , is moved by the inspiration that he is on his way to self - discovery and inner harmony .